Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Los Angeles

Los Angeles  
I took this photo while strolling down Broadway in downtown LA. That district is a total shit hole. The whole area feels like it's from an 80s B movie: decrepit buildings that are falling down, everything's been abandoned, random clothing stores and arcades are still around with people just aimlessly milling about. It's easy to see why that part of town is less desirable than say, Beverly Hills. But if you take a moment to look up and look at the architecture, you will discover that downtown LA is ripe with old beauties. Old, 1930s theaters litter the street. Some are in better shape than others, but most look like they desperately need a face lift. My favorite of these is the Los Angeles, a 2,000 seat MOVIE PALACE (that's a real thing) built in 1931. 

This building brings out my inner art history nerd. The French Baroque architecture is so stunningly beautiful and it's just so odd to see something so gorgeous on a street that is so neglected. Here's hoping more people notice it and start doing something to maintain its beauty.

The only editing I did for this photo was make it black and white and mess with the contrasts. The light streaks are 100% au naturale.


  1. Mmm, I love light streaks and solar flare... Great shot! And yes, old buildings can be such stunners for photography. (Says the daughter of two architects. ;P)

  2. Beautiful. I love anything Art Deco-y.

  3. I love the look of this photo! What I love most about your photos, Margot, is that they always inspire a scene in my head. EXCELLENT WORK, MY FRIEND!

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